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Vocabulary Words in the Guaicuruan Language Family

These Guaicuruan words are not spelled phonetically--each word is spelled according to the orthography of its own language, so if you're not familiar with these languages you will need to follow the links to see how to pronounce them. We are working on a second chart transcribed into IPA symbols. We have included twenty basic Guaicuruan words, enough to give you a feeling for each language. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many Native American languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

If you would like to know a Guaicuruan word that is not currently on our page, you can take part in our Native Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Guaicuruan languages site for more free resources.

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Guaicuruan Word Sets

English (Français) Abipon Guaicuru Kadiweu Mocovi Pilaga Toba
One (Un) Iñitãra Uniniteguí Onidateci Iñiateda Onolek Nathedac
Two (Deux) Iñoaká Itoada Iniwata Iñabako Dosolqa Cacayni
Three (Trois) Iñoaka iekaiñi   Iniwatadigini Tres Tres Cacaynilia
Four (Quatre) Naatapici   Cwaatolo     Nalotapegat
Five (Cinq) Hanamhegem   Nigoteno gobaagadi     Nivoca cacaynilia
Man (Homme) Yoalé Unelei:gua Goneleegiwa Yaale Le'em Yale
Woman (Femme) Oanerma   Iwaalo Aalo Yawo 'Alo
Sun (Soleil) Empaega   Aligege Ra'asa Katena La'
Moon (Lune) Grauek   Epenai Shiraygo Awoxoik Awogoyk
Water (Eau) Enagap Nogodi Ninyogodi Wagayaq Noop Etagat
Fire (Feu) Nkaatek Nuledi Noledi Norek Dole Norek
Earth (Terre) Aaloa Iyogodi Iigo Lawa Alewa Alwa
Fish (Poisson) Noayi Nagoyegí Nogojegi Nalyin Ñi'yaq Nyaq
Dog (Chien) Neteginc   Necenigo Pyog Pyoq Pyoq
House (Maison) Niik   Diimigi 'Imek Emek Emek

Additional Resources

   Wikipedia: Guaicuruan

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